Pathway to the PhD
Due to the challenges associated with the COVID19 pandemic, we are not holding the Pathway to PhD program this year. Our program will resume in 2022.
The Pathway to the PhD (P2P) program is a 3-week mentored, hands-on, research-intensive experience for juniors and sophomores that runs during the January break and is open to UMass-Boston undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research.
Participants work with graduate students from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at a 1:1 ratio. The graduate students design experiments for the undergraduates that are based on the graduate students’ thesis research. Last year, undergraduates worked on how heart failure affects the recruitment of immune cells to the heart and how glucose affects the ability of the causative agent of cholera to form bacterial biofilms.
GSBS encourages applicants from members of groups that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences. The NIH has reported that groups under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research include African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans or Latino/a, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and disabled persons. First generation college students are also encouraged to apply.
The 2020 P2P program will run from Friday, January 3 to Friday, January 24.
Information on the application process can be found here.
Although the focus of the P2P experience is on gaining research experience, participants learn how to:
- Present their work effectively;
- Think critically about their data and experimental set-up;
- Apply to summer research internships, post-baccalaureate programs, PhD, and MD/PhD programs.
- Prepare for careers in biomedical research.
Pipeline and Graduate Programs
Summer undergraduate research at GSBS
Post-bac internships at GSBS
GSBS is also home to PhD and MS programs
For information on the P2P program, contact Aimee Shen, PhD, Program Director.
For information on the application process, contact Ariella Green, Program Coordinator for the Office for Multicultural Affairs